I love Burt Kennedy and especially the work he did with Budd Boetticher for all those amazing Randolph Scott westerns. Those are truly some of my favorite movies. This film, while not quite on par with those, has a similar spirit and an excellent cast. The story is of an aging marshal (Robert Mitchum), who is getting ready to retire, gets wind that one of his old criminal nemesis-types (George Kennedy) is nearby and planning a robbery. The marshal makes efforts to cut this plan off at the knees, but he makes an interesting discovery and a new friend in the process. The rest of cast includes Martin Balsam, David Carradine, Tina Louise, John Carradine, Marie Windsor and Kathleen Freeman. It's a good western tale well told by Kennedy. I saw this as part of a Burt Kennedy marathon on TCM when I was laid up in the hospital for a few days last year and it was just the ticket.Read More
All-star movies are so much fun to watch. I don’t claim to know the psychology of why a movie packed with a bunch of well-known actors brings us so much joy. I just know that they do. Every time I come across a film that boasts ensemble of actors and actresses I get giddy with glee. I bring up IMDb on my phone, scroll through the cast list and proclaim “everyone is in this film!” A good cast will always draw me in, even if the story itself would have been something I passed on. And if you think about it, you get more bang for your buck with an all-star movie. With just one 2 (or in some cases 3) hour movie, you may see a dozen of the best talents that Hollywood has to offer.
The 1960s had some of the best all-star movies. Whether they were sweeping epics, thrilling war dramas, sprawling Westerns and madcap comedies, these big productions lured audiences out of their homes and into theaters. The more familiar names you threw in the pot, the more alluring the final product. Here’s a look at several ensemble and all-star movies from the 1960s that are available to rent from DVD Netflix.Read More
The Academy Award winners of the 1960s did not include films about the Vietnam War, even though at least a dozen were released during that decade. To the Hollywood’s credit, however, many winning nominees addressed important social issues. And the World Wars had not been forgotten, recalled in Lawrence of Arabia and Judgment at Nuremberg.Read More
The Shaggy Dog, released in theaters in 1959, was Disney Studios first live-action comedy. It was a departure from their popular animated films. The gambit paid off – it was a huge hit and it launched a slew of wholesome, funny, adventuresome movies from the studio. These goofball comedies, light-hearted family fare and suspenseful mysteries became the cornerstone for Disney and raised a generation of young viewers. Make some popcorn, get a blanket and revisit these childhood classics, or introduce them to a new generation.Read More
As someone who’s been writing about these movies for approaching a decade, I’ve seen dozens (hundreds?) of these films and feel that it’s my duty to increase your desire to dig deeper into the spy film of the 1960s, the golden era of the genre.Read More